It's Writing Wednesday. The theme in a picture book gives the story depth. Ever get a manuscript rejected because it was "slight?" Having a deeper meaning in our stories shouldn't make them ponderous--just more interesting and satisfying. In an interesting article, here, the capacity for children to think philosophically is discussed. Isn't it great that picture books are the starting place for teaching in these programs? Think maybe some of the people mentioned, who think children don't have the capacity for these deeper thoughts and discussion, have never had a really good conversation with a child?